I honestly think it depends. Raquel is definitely going to be a massive step down in terms of quality. Plus I can't see her reign lasting very long either considering how shallow the face side of the division is.I see this as the end of Io's reign. Raquel is the only woman in NXT they've built who feels right as Io's successor. What that means for Io's future after that I have no idea.
Its why I am very wary of Raquel as champion. The vast majority of her ringwork since her return (since she cost Tegan at Takeover) was either tag matches or working with women significantly better than her. She is going to be expected to elevate greener talents similar to what Io is doing. And I don't think she is capable of doing so since the majority of her matches against smaller women is just tossing them around the ring, with a few hope spots that last less than a minute. No one has come out of a feud with Raquel looking better than they entered.IDK where else they go if Io beats Raquel. Who’s left for her, she’s beaten pretty much everyone else with any kind of build up.
As for Raquel, if they give her the belt, it’ll be an interesting test for her. She’s looked impressive, but they’ve also protected her a lot in the booking. Giving her the title and telling her to essentially lead the division, that’s a very different thing.
It’s be interesting to see if she’s ready for that yet.
It's possible they bring in someone new (they have talent waiting in the wings). The problem is that Raquel could possibly be champion, but she absolutely should not be a long reigning champion either. I can see her reign easily being between Kairi and Ember's reigns length wise. Because she's already ran over a large chunk of the division as it stands, and no one is going to be elevated from losing matches against her.I can agree to an extent. I thought having Candice or Toni winning the belt and giving Raquel more time to grow would have been the better option.
But right now, there’s really no one left to credibly challenge Io. Unless they bring someone new in maybe?